My life has been pretty stressful lately. Blake has a week left in his cast (only 7 days! Partay!!), our house is half in boxes and half scattered all over the place, Kyson is having issues with sleeping and food which means I’m not sleeping, and it’s Christmastime! I have always, always, loved Christmas, but for some reason this year I’ve been having a really hard time getting into it. Probably because with everything else going on, I’m more focused on packing up boxes and eliminating junk, than spending time and energy thinking about hanging Christmas stockings.
Whatever the reason, or combination of reasons, I highly suggest that nobody ever, ever, considers moving across the country on December 23. It may cause one to pull their hair out. And while you consider never doing that, how about you also consider placing your active toddler in one of those giant padded balls so it is impossible for him to get injured before that lovely move right before Christmas? Good suggestions, I know.
Anyway, things are slowly improving around here each day, I think. To help myself get more in the Christmas mood this past week, and because I decided cookies help relieve stress, I made my absolute favorite Christmas cookies.
I won’t even pretend for a second that I can take full credit for these amazing treats. I haven’t altered the recipe at all, except for the type of Hershey’s kiss I use. One Christmas several years ago, my Mom, sisters and I decided to make some cookies. On the outside of the mint truffle kisses bag was a recipe called “Magical Mint Kiss Cookies.” How could you not be intrigued and want to make Magical cookies? So we did. And they were amazing. Then I couldn’t find the same mint kisses anywhere ever again, so I decided to use the Candy Cane kisses instead. I like them even better. They’re slightly sweeter with a surprising crunch.
The cookies have become my go-to treat for holiday parties. I’ve also included them in my neighbor and friend Christmas treat bags for several years. These cookies, and the Peppermint Popcorn I’ll be posting next week, are the two treats that everyone loves and raves about.
So, if you’re looking for something new and fun to try, with a kiss of Magic, try these cookies! And please, have a very Merry Christmas and spread some holiday cheer!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- ⅔ cup white sugar
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 2 cups flour
- 48 Candy Cane Kisses, unwrapped
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together: butter, sugar, and vanilla until smooth and creamy, 2-3 minutes.
- Whisk together flour and cocoa in a small, separate bowl until combined. Gradually add the cocoa/flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until completely combined. The dough will be very thick.
- Press a scant tablespoon of dough into your palm, flatten into a disk, and place a kiss in the center. Mold the dough around the kiss and form into a ball. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for about 8 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar.